I HAVE taken so much delight in the art of angling that I may well term it the honest and patient man's recreation, or a pastime for all men to recreate themselves at vacant hours.
For angling, there are of divers kinds, but the most useful are of two, either at the top of the water with a fly or at the bottom with other baits.
But for the description of the anglers' implements I leave it to their own discretion whether to use either hazel or cane, but if with a fly the hazel is better; for the cane is to carry for privacy either in a bag or, framed like a staff, to walk withal, whose joints doth many times fail and deceive when a man doth strike at1 his bait.
For the lines, they must be framed according to the fish where you angle: for the small fish three good hairs taken from the tail of a good stonehorse that is lusty and in flesh (for your poor jade's hair is not good), but if you come in place where great fish are you must fish with lines of six or eight hairs.
For the floats, they are of divers kinds, as some made of cork with a quill, but in my opinion the float made of two swan's quills, made one in the other so it take no water, or the bustard's quills, are the neatest.
And for your hooks, they are to be fitted in size as the fish are either great or small.
Thus far, having showed the necessary instruments appertaining to this harmless and modest recreation, I will set down the____________________